I've been 'procrastinating' all week about writing this blog post and today it hit me, what better thing to write about than doing just that!
It's especially hard to stop procrastinating when you work from home as there are many distractions.
Mostly I just end up doing things that delay the inevitable.
- Putting another load of washing out
- Changing the sheets
- Sweeping the verandah
- Doing the vacuuming
- Unloading the dishwasher
- Preparing the dinner
- Making another cup of tea
- Checking the mailbox
- Playing with the dog
- Wasting time on Facebook (and several other social media channels)
I've tried all sorts of suggestions for beating these feelings. You name it, I've tried it.
- Burning essential oils
- Drinking teas of many flavours
- Playing soothing music or motivating music
- Turning off all music
- Turning off email
- Especially turning off Facebook (argh!)
- Going for a walk with the dog
It's time to stop it!
Today I've found that the best thing to do is just give myself a good kick! This blog post wasn't going to write itself was it? Well no, so I made myself write a list, yes I can hear some of you groaning and some of you cheering. But it definitely does help put things into perspective and make you realise that things have to be done in order.
So I amended a proposal that I've been putting off for a week first, as this was the hardest thing on the list. You should always do the things that you don't want to do first, this actually gives you motivation once you've ticked it off your list!
When your work involves Social Media posting in particular it's easy to get distracted by interesting articles or blog posts or photos of cats and dogs.
I've found that saving the links when I'm on Facebook by hitting the dropdown arrow to the top right of a post and choosing 'Save link' stops me from going from one thing to another and getting nowhere. This saves the link so that you can refer to it or read it at a later date. Saved links are situated in the lists on the left hand side of your Newsfeed under 'Saved'.